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Sixers : Iverson and Sixers prey on the Raptors, twice
Posted on by Dal

The Sixers are on a tear. Taking advantage of back-to-back games against the winless Raptors, the Sixers are now 6-0 since their 0-3 start that's long been forgotten.

In the first game, Iverson and Webber showed what a deadly duo they can be. Iverson scored 34 points and added 12 assists, Webber had 28 points and 16 rebounds as the Sixers beat the Raptors at home 104-92

In the second game, the two AI's dominated. Allen Iverson scored a season-high 42 points and Iguodala added a career-high 26 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their sixth straight win, 121-115 over the Raptors. Iguodala also had 10 rebounds and shot 6-for-8 from 3-point range for the Sixers

Iverson kidded Iguodala about his 3-point shooting by asking if he had "Korver on his shirt."

Philadelphia 104, Toronto 92
Preview - Box Score - Recap

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer
November 15, 2005

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Allen Iverson and Chris Webber are playing more like a dynamic duo than dynamic duds. No longer a mismatched pair, the two are dominating -- and woeful Toronto was the latest team to pay.

Iverson scored 34 points and added 12 assists, Webber had 28 points and 16 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers won their fifth straight game, 104-92 over the winless Raptors on Tuesday night.

Since losing their first three games, the streaking Sixers have been perfect. They won all four games on their longest homestand of the year and get the downtrodden Raptors again Wednesday night in Toronto.

Iverson and Webber again led the way for the Atlantic Division-leading Sixers, breaking the game open in the first quarter. Webber made all six baskets and scored 14 points, Iverson went 5-for-6 for 13 points and the Sixers shot 77 percent overall as they raced to a 19-point lead.

When the two failed to click in the final 2 1/2 months last season, there were serious doubts they could thrive together. Instead, they have combined for five double-doubles during the winning streak and always look to each other as the first option.

"Everybody expected us to coexist right then and it didn't happen every night, but it did happen some nights," Iverson said. "Now we've had a whole training camp, we've got some games under our belt and a new system. We've got a whole other chemistry and it's been working fine so far."

The Sixers sorely needed all of Iverson and Webber's first-quarter points because Charlie Villanueva led Toronto's improbable rally in the fourth quarter.

Villanueva closed the gap to single digits when he hit a 3-pointer from the corner, Chris Bosh converted a three-point play and Jalen Rose sank a free throw that pulled the Raptors to 84-78.

Villanueva again kept Toronto within striking distance with another 3 from the top of the arc late in the fourth that made it 89-82. The first-round pick had his second straight outstanding game, following a 26-point, 12-rebound game against Seattle with 27 points and 13 boards. His effort, though, wasn't enough.

"We need to throw the first punch instead of letting teams throw the first punch," Villanueva said.

John Salmons, who scored 16 points, fought his way under the hoop for a tough basket to push the lead back to 13 and the Sixers regained control and cruised from there.

"We know that team was 0-6 and just for those guys to come in here and get a win would have been devastating to us," Iverson said. "Our whole thing was to not let them get their first win on us in our house."

Even with six straight losses to open the season -- five of them at home -- the Raptors gave the Sixers fits the last three quarters. They scored 11 straight points to open the second and sliced the deficit to eight at halftime on one of three 3-pointers from Villanueva.

"We thought they were going to give up, but they didn't," Salmons said.

While the Sixers received balanced scoring from their starters and surprising production off their bench during their winning streak -- they had six players in double digits in a win Sunday against the Clippers -- Webber and Iverson got little help from anyone else until the fourth when Salmons held off another spirited Raptors run.

Salmons opened the fourth with a steal, was fouled on a fast-break layup and made the free throw for a 76-65 lead. That briefly spurred Philadelphia to a 13-point lead, only to have Villanueva and the Raptors chip away.

Bosh had 19 points, and Rose 15 for the Raptors.

"I don't understand it, I don't," Bosh said. "I guess it comes with experience."


Sixers C Michael Bradley was active for the first time this year. He was worked into the offense early, throwing down a one-handed dunk off Iverson's pass in the first quarter. ... Former Michigan teammates Webber and Rose hugged before the tip. ... Philadelphia's 39 points in the first were a season high for a quarter.

Philadelphia 121, Toronto 115
Preview - Box Score - Recap

November 16, 2005

TORONTO (AP) -- Andre Iguodala thought he was going to be drafted by Toronto. On Wednesday, he helped keep the Raptors winless this season.

Allen Iverson scored a season-high 42 points and Iguodala added a career-high 26 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their sixth straight win, 121-115 over the Raptors.

Iguodala also had 10 rebounds and shot 6-for-8 from 3-point range for the Sixers, who also beat Toronto on Tuesday night.

Toronto center Rafael Araujo, who was selected one pick before Iguodala in the draft two years ago, didn't score or get a rebound in three minutes.

"The cameras were actually put on me when Toronto's pick came up so I thought I was going here, but they passed. I think I'm in a good situation right now," Iguodala said.

Mike James had a career-high 38 points for the Raptors, who fell to 0-8 for the first time in their 11-year history. Jalen Rose was scoreless in seven minutes -- his first scoreless game since Feb 20, 1998, for Indiana at Orlando.

Toronto coach Sam Mitchell showed his frustration in the second half by throwing his clipboard into the scorer's table -- smashing it into pieces.

"People need to understand these guys want to win. They understand that we're 0-8 and they want to win," Mitchell said. "But the last two games and basically the whole year we've just gotten off to horrendous starts."

Iverson had 19 points in the first quarter. His jumper with 2:09 left in the period gave Philadelphia a 20-point lead -- its biggest of the game. The Sixers also had a 19-point first quarter lead on Tuesday.

The Raptors cut the lead to four in the third quarter, but Matt Bonner turned the ball over with a bad pass, allowing Iverson an uncontested layup.

Mitchell slammed his hand on the scorer's table before calling a timeout. After yelling in frustration, Mitchell heaved his clipboard.

James cut the lead to two with a layup with 55 seconds left, but missed a potential tying layup before Iverson made two free throws with less than 30 seconds remaining.

Iverson recorded his 17,000th career point in the first quarter. Shaquille O'Neal, Gary Payton and Clifford Robinson are the only active players with more points.

"What I've learned late in my career is, regardless of whether you play well or not, if the team doesn't win, it's all for nothing," Iverson said.

Chris Webber followed with two more free throws to put the game away. He finished with 21.

Iverson kidded Iguodala about his 3-point shooting by asking if he had "Korver on his shirt."


A fan was escorted from the arena after holding up a sign that read 'Raptor Killer' with a picture of Toronto general manager Rob Babcock. ... It doesn't get any easier for the Raptors, who travel to Boston on Friday before hosting Miami on Sunday and heading west for a four-game trip. ... The Raptors have started the season 0-6 at home.

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